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The North Dakota Safety Council is a private non-profit organization supported through grants, donations, memberships and training. Our mission is to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, on the roads, and in our homes and communities. With 1,000 member companies representing all sizes of all industries, the NDSC is an active participant in influencing safe work practices all across North Dakota.

 
 

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Thank You NDSC Members 

New Members as of 
August 1, 2017
Moorhead Area Public Schools
Presort Plus LLC
QC Energy Resources
STV Energy Services, Inc.
T&T Oilfield Service Inc
USA DeBusk, LLC
 
Renewing Members as of 
August 1, 2017
Abrasives Inc.
Allied Agronomy
Appareo Systems
Benson County
Billings County
Burdick Job Corps Center
Butler Machinery Company
CF Industries, Inc. - Grand Forks
Charles Hall Youth Services
Cirrus Aircraft
City Air Mechanical
City of Belfield
City of Williston- Public Works
Cloverdale Foods
Community Action
Dakota Supply Group
Denbury Onshore LLC
DTZ
Edmore Public School
Eid-Co Buildings, Inc.
Engineering America Inc
EXP Energy Services, Inc
Farmers Union Oil of Southern Valley
Finley Farmers Grain & Elevator Co.
Flint Energy Services
GMHR
GO  Wireline LLC
Grotberg Electric
H-2 Enterprises, LLC
Hertz Equipment
Industrial Lubricant Company
ITC Electrical Technologies
James River Senior Citizens Inc
JK Lube, Inc, DBA Jiffy Lube
Kaelberer Construction
Key Contracting, Inc
Mactech Onsite
Maintenance Plus, Inc.
New Salem Almont Public School
Newman Signs, Inc.
North Dakota Petroleum Council
Northern Valley Electrical Service
Nuverra Power Fuels
Outdoor Services Inc.
Pinky's Aggregates, Inc.
Plant Process Equipment, Inc
Purity Oilfield Services
RDO Equipment
Riley Power, Inc.
RRC Specialties, Inc.
Rugby Manufacturing Company
Safety Technologies Inc
Souris Basin Transportation
Southwest Healthcare Services
Structures, Inc.
Sure Steel Inc
TEI Construction Services Inc.
Triangle Electric
Twin Buttes Public School
UND Energy & Research
Valley Memorial Homes
Watco Terminal & Port Services
Wescom, Inc
Wisco/Gibsons
 

Safety is about People 

July 18, 2017 - Marlowe Ann Regan was happy as a baby, child, and young adult. According to her dad, Tom, she was ebullient – she could walk into a room and liven up the place. She had a great, contagious laugh and a real good giggle … Tom can still hear her giggle in his head.

Tom and Patti Regan lost Marlowe, their oldest daughter, in a single-car crash in May 2006. Marlowe was 21 and worked at Sykes while living in Minot with her boyfriend, Michael. The day she died was her brother Walt’s 19th birthday. Marlowe was traveling from Minot to Bismarck to celebrate his birthday with the whole Regan family.

“We were washing Patti’s van in the driveway and we wondered why Marlowe wasn’t there yet,” Tom remembered. “It was getting kind of late and all of a sudden we saw a sheriff’s car pull up.” When Chaplain Dan Sweeney got out, Tom thought Dan was just stopping to say hello since they were friends. But then he saw a deputy sheriff was with him. “They walked up to us, and I had an inkling something was wrong. Maybe it was the look on his face. I thought…‘oh shit.’”

Read Tom's full story...


Free Oil & Gas Training for Emergency Responders
to be Provided During 2017 SW EMS Conference

 

August 18, 2017 – The NDSC is partnering with Hess Corporation and Statoil to provide free training designed to prepare companies, communities, and emergency personnel to safely and confidently respond to oil and gas emergencies. This training will be provided in conjunction with the 2017 Southwest Region EMS Conference, Saturday, Sept. 30 in Medora.

 

This year’s oil and gas track includes topics such as high consequence area preparedness, opioid awareness, workplace violence response, responding to pipeline emergencies, and more.

 

Attendees including law enforcement, emergency managers, and fire and rescue personnel will receive this training at no cost after reimbursement through a special grant provided by Hess Corporation.

 

For a complete schedule of the weekend's events, or to register, go to www.ndemsa.org. For questions on the reimbursement grant, call the NDSC at (800) 932-8890.

 


 

NDSC Welcomes Three New Staff Members
 
August 7, 2017 - The North Dakota Safety Council (NDSC) welcomed three new staff members this summer.
 
John Woutat was hired as their First Aid Manager. Woutat is a native of Grand Forks and has more than 20 years of experience in training and emergency response gained during his time as an EMS responder, EMS training program coordinator, flight paramedic, 911 dispatcher, and certified firefighter. He has extensive knowledge in emergency medicine, trauma management, emergency response planning, and scene management. Woutat will manage the NDSC's first aid department and provide training across the state. He is currently certified to teach adult CPR/AED and first aid.
 
Mason Sisk was hired as the new Marketing Coordinator. Sisk is a native of Bismarck and, after earning a Bachelor's Degree in Communication from the University of North Dakota, he served as an Assistant to the House Majority Leader during the 65th N.D. legislative assembly. As Marketing Coordinator, he will be responsible for producing marketing material, writing marketing content, increasing brand awareness across the region and more.
 
The NDSC also welcomed Sarah Broker as a new Office Assistant. Broker has an Associate's Degree in Business/Marketing Management from North Dakota State College of Science and prior to joining the NDSC, she gained professional experience in both administrative and sales roles. She will assist with daily office and administrative duties.
 
For direct contact information, visit our staff page.



NDSC Hosts Training Focused on
Creating Emergency Action Plans for Businesses
 
critical issues safety training seriesJuly 14, 2017 – Most emergencies occur with little to no warning, making it critical for businesses to plan ahead to ensure the safety and general welfare of their employees. To help businesses prepare, the NDSC is hosting a training event in Dickinson, Tuesday, August 22 from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. mountain time.

The training, titled Key Steps to Creating an Emergency Action Plan, will be based on FEMA’s suggested best practices for building a comprehensive emergency action plan for any emergency, including severe weather, active shooter, bomb threats, and fire. The instructor will outline key aspects needed to create the plan and how to work with outside agencies in the planning process. Attendees will leave with the basic knowledge and key first steps needed to create a comprehensive emergency action plan for their facility.

Registration is free to NDSC Members and $30 for non-members. Register now!
 

Preventing Common Summer Injuries

June 26, 2017 – Summer in North Dakota means we can finally enjoy the (warm) outdoors and, hopefully, some quality family time. But summertime also means an increased risk for injuries. According to the National Safety Council, a total of 117,041 people died from preventable injuries in July and August from 2011 to 2015.

With a few common sense safety tips, you can help prevent some of the most common summer injuries:

  1. Playground Injuries
    According to the CDC, more than 200,000 children visit emergency rooms annually for playground-related injuries, including fractures and contusions. 45% of playground injuries are associated with lack of supervision. Keep your kids safe with tips from our Playground Safety Tipsheet.
  2. Traffic Crashes
    During the summer, family vacations add to road congestion and even more teenagers are on the road. In fact, the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day is known as a teen driver’s 100 Deadliest Days. Ensure safe travels this summer with tips from our Summertime Driving Safety Tipsheet.
  3. Heat-Related Illnesses & Injuries
    In 2014, 244 people died in the U.S. from exposure to excessive heat. On average, 37 children die each year from heat-related deaths after being trapped inside vehicles. Download these tip sheets to help you and your loved ones avoid heat-related illnesses this summer:
    Coping with Heat Stress
    Preventing Childhood Vehicular Heatstroke
  4. Drowning
    In 2013, 77% of all fatal boating accident victims drowned, and of those who drowned, 84% were not wearing a life jacket. While drowning is more common for children 5 and younger, it's the second leading cause of death for people ages 5-24. Stay safe in or around water this summer with these water safety tips.
  5. Biking
    According to Safe Kids, helmets reduce the risk of head injury by at least 45%, brain injury by 33%, facial injury by 27%, and fatal injury by 29%. Bicyclists of all ages can ride safe this summer with these simple tips from our Bike Safety Tip Sheet. Plus, ensure a properly fitting helmet by learning how to perform a helmet fit test.


OSHA Proposes to Delay Compliance Date for
Electronically Submitting Injury, Illness Reports

US Department of Labor News Release - June 27, 2017

June 27, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration today proposed a delay in the electronic reporting compliance date of the rule, Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses, from July 1, 2017, to Dec. 1, 2017. The proposed delay will allow OSHA an opportunity to further review and consider the rule.

The agency published the final rule on May 12, 2016, and has determined that a further delay of the compliance date is appropriate for the purpose of additional review into questions of law and policy.  The delay will also allow OSHA to provide employers the same four-month window for submitting data that the original rule would have provided.

OSHA invites the public to comment on the proposed deadline extension. Comments may be submitted electronically at www.regulations.gov, the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal, or by mail or facsimile. See the Federal Register notice for details. The deadline for submitting comments is July 13, 2017.


No State Receives an “A” for Safety,
According to National Safety Council Report

Excerpt from NSC News Release – June 27, 2017

June 27, 2017 – According to a new National Safety Council report, no state goes far enough to protect its residents from leading causes of preventable deaths and injuries – commonly known as “accidents” – on the road, in homes and communities and at work. Despite preventable deaths being at an all-time high, none of the 50 states or Washington, D.C., earned an “A” for overall safety. The State of Safety details state-by-state issues in a first-of-its-kind comprehensive assessment of how well Americans are protected from risk.

The report wraps up National Safety Month, observed each June to draw attention to eliminating preventable deaths. Fatalities from poisonings – including drug overdoses – motor vehicle crashes, falls, drowning, choking and fires have increased 7 percent since 2014, claiming 146,571 lives each year.

“The cultural novocaine has to wear off,” said Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council.  “Safety is no accident. We lose more than 140,000 people because of events we know how to prevent. This report provides states with a blueprint for saving lives, and we hope lawmakers, civic leaders, public health professionals and safety advocates use it to make their communities measurably safer.”

A breakdown of all safety issues, state-by-state grades and a full methodology are available at www.nsc.org/stateofsafety.


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The NDSC sends out relevant safety and training information to members and safety advocates, via email, on a regular basis. Some companies’ Internet Service Providers (ISP) block emails from the NDSC’s email service, Constant Contact. If your company is a member of the NDSC, or you have signed up to receive our email updates, but have not been receiving them,

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If you would like to receive our email updates but are not currently signed up, please sign up today! We offer information including monthly training updates, NDSC Quarterly Newsletters, and relevant safety news updates.

The North Dakota Safety Council provides safety training and services across the state, including the cities of Bismarck, Devils Lake, Dickinson, Fargo, Grand Forks, Jamestown, Minot and Williston.